This question is about doubles play. My serve is the weakest part of my game. I slice everything at slow speed and my placement is spotty. I lose my serve a lot against 4.0 players and up because after they get used to the slice they start teeing off on my serve-- big time. I've tried moving it around but it results in a lot of double faults, so I usually just aim for opponents backhands. This I can do ~ 2/3 of the time, but trying to vary the placement and my double fault % shoots up. Anyway, here's my plan: I'm trying to get my partner to poach off my serve to at least distract the returners from bashing serves past me. He says my serve is too slow and that it makes no sense for him to be poaching-- even though he volleys well. I say "just go for it" and see what happens; at least it will get our opponents thinking. He doesn't buy this but he doesn't want to move away from the net and play two back either. In the meantime I lose my serve a lot. Here's my plan: Assuming we're playing two righties, I should serve down the T on both sides. It is harder for me to place it there on the ad side but I'm told that's the best placement for him to cut off a return. Is this strategy, along with its tactics, correct? Also, any other suggestions on how I might increase the chances of hanging on to my serve? BTW, I've tried taking lessons to improve my serve before but let's set that aside that suggestion aside for now. Many thanks to all for you help!